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NACo Prescription Discount Card Program Marketing Plan

The NACo Prescription Discount Card Program was started seven years ago and has grown phenomenally.  Now, more than 1,400 counties are participating in the program and county residents nationwide have saved more than $483 million. Residents can save up to 75% on some prescriptions; the overall average savings rate is 24%.

Matt Chase appointed Executive Director of NACo

Posted Date: 
July 16, 2012

Pittsburgh, Pa. – The National Association of Counties (NACo), the national association representing county government, today announced that Matthew D. Chase has been named the association’s Executive Director.  The announcement came as thousands of the country’s local government leaders gathered in Pittsburgh for NACo’s 77th Annual Conference and Exposition.

Transportation Bill Set for Signature

Posted Date: 
July 2, 2012
Contact: 
Robert Fogel, Senior Legislative Director, NACo

Congress passed a 27-month surface transportation bill June 29 that will fund the federal highway program at nearly $39.7 billion for FY13 and $40.26 billion for FY14.  The measure would expire Sept. 30, 2014 and is expected to be signed into law by President Obama.

Farm Bill Passes Senate

Posted Date: 
July 2, 2012
Contact: 
Erik Johnston, Associate Legislative Director, NACo

The Senate passed the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, S. 3240, by a vote of 64–35 after voting on 73 amendments June 21.

Public Land Renewable Energy Act Introduced

Posted Date: 
July 2, 2012
Contact: 
Ryan Yates, Associate Legislative Director, NACo

Reps. Joe Heck (R-Nev.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) have introduced legislation that would extend royalties and lease income to states and counties from solar and wind projects developed on federal lands. The Public Land Renewable Energy Act, H.R. 5991, would also continue the 25 percent county revenue-sharing agreement for geothermal development on federal lands, provided by the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

Counties Under More Scrutiny Seek Guidance on Ethics Policies

Posted Date: 
July 2, 2012
Contact: 
Jacqueline Byers, Director, Research & Outreach, NACo

In recent months, the NACo Research Division has received numerous requests for information on model county ethics codes.

FHFA Proposes Rule for PACE Programs

Posted Date: 
July 2, 2012
Contact: 
Julie Ufner, Associate Legislative Director, NACo

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) June 15 released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) concerning Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs. Written comments are due by July 30.

EPA Releases Stormwater, Wastewater Framework

Posted Date: 
July 2, 2012
Contact: 
Julie Ufner, Associate Legislative Director, NACo

In June, the Environmental Protection Agency released its Integrated Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework Plan to help local governments meet water quality goals. Although the plan will not preempt current requirements under existing regulatory or permitting standards, it will allow local governments to prioritize and merge competing requirements for stormwater and wastewater projects. This includes capital investments maintenance and operation requirements.

Important Survey Regarding Recent Cuts in the Federal Justice Assistance Grant Programs

Posted Date: 
June 28, 2012
Contact: 
Dalen A. Harris, Associate Legislative Director, Justice & Public Safety/Large Urban County Caucus, NACo

Please join agencies and organizations across the criminal justice system in completing a survey intended to gather information about the impact of recent cuts in the federal justice assistance grant programs, which include funding for juvenile justice programs.  The short survey will ask you to provide basic information about the programs you administer and the services you provide and then, importantly, to describe how these cuts in federal funding have impacted the functioning of the criminal justice system in your community.

Rural Assistance Available from USDA

Posted Date: 
June 25, 2012
Contact: 
Maeghan Gilmore, Program Director for Health, Human Services & Justice, NACo

Free Web-based information to aid in decision making affecting rural health and human services is available via the Rural Assistance Center, a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Rural Initiative. NACo members can view innovative efforts and submit their own programs, policies and initiatives through this rural health and human services information portal. To view the extensive library and available resources, click the link below.

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